When Things go Awry in the Cloud: A Closer Look at a Recent AWS Outage


The cloud, of course, is not in the sky, but in somebody else’s data centre. And no matter the myriad benefits of spinning up VMs on shared servers in some hyperscale data centre, or some bare metal in a well-resourced, well-networked and well-secured third-party site, things can – as they can anywhere – go awry in the cloud for many reasons.

Over the past year Computer Business Review recalls Microsoft Azure outages being caused by a lightning strike and an overloaded Redis cache, a Facebook data centre outage being caused

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